RIVERMEN GAMEDAY: Rivermen @ Eagles

THE RUNDOWN:

Is it just me or is it really weird to finally see the Eagles for the first time in the month of October? For the past handful of seasons it seemed Langley and Surrey played one another at least three times before September was even over. If you remember last season the two squads played the first three games of the season against eachother. In fact they will get to know eachother pretty well in the next week as Langley’s next three out of four games is against Surrey, while Surrey is set to play the ‘Men three times in a row. Tonight’s contest will mark the first game out of eight between the two clubs. It will be a big game no less as the Eagles are just one point up on the Rivermen in the tight Mainland Division. After a slow start out of the gates, the ‘Birds have had a pretty good October winning three out of the five games so far. The Rivermen on the other hand just bumped a four game slump with an OT victory last Saturday against Vernon. The Eagles have some good go-to guys up front led by Demico Hannoun, Michael Stenerson, and the newly acquired Brady Shaw combining for 38 points. However, they have some inexperience on the blue line and in goal. Only two returning blue liners are back with the team in Devon Toews and Eric Chevrier(although considered a rookie)and they have two rookie netminders still battling for the #1 spot. Both Michael Santaguida and Glenn Ferguson have 3-2 records in the five games both have played to date. In case you missed it, the Rivermen made a trade yesterday with the Trail Smoke Eaters. Valik Chichkin was sent up to Trail for forward Tanner Clarkson. Clarkson is a veteran forward who scored 11 goals a season ago and is big at 6’2″, 200 pounds. He will not be in the line-up tonight.

 

THE STATS:

Standings:

Surrey GP: 13 W: 7 L:5 T: 0 OTL: 1 PTS: 15 OTW: 3 GF:37 GA:41 DIFF-4
Langley GP: 13 W: 6 L: 5 T: 0 OTL: 2 PTS: 14 OTW: 2 GF: 45 GA: 39 DIFF+6

Special Teams:

Langley: PP-9th place- 12/63= 19.05%, PK- 5th place- 11/68= 83.82%

Surrey: PP- 11th place- 13/73= 17.81%, PK-12th place- 12/53= 77.36%

 

WHO TO WATCH FOR:

Langley: Aaron Dolby and Matt Ustaski. Both rookies have been getting better game in and game out. Dolby opened the scoring on Saturday against Vernon, while Ustaski finished it in overtime. It is remarkable the mistake free hockey Dolby has played recently and definitlely has not been playing like a rookie. Ustaski on the other hand is really beginning to show his world class speed of late. You can tell he is getting more and more comfortable in the BCHL especially when he is skating and stickhandling through the neutral zone in full flight.

Surrey: Devon Toews. He is coming off a spectacular performance on Sunday. The veteran d-man netted a hat trick including the game winner in overtime and even got the call to try-out for Team Canada West at the World Junior “A” Challenge. He and Bo Pellah sit tied for third in defenseman scoring in the BCHL with 12 points.

FINAL TID-BITS:

I am sure it will not take long for these bitter cross town rivals to butt heads. Langley/Surrey has always been a great rivalry in the BCHL and I bet the fans at the SSA tonight will be in for a treat. You can watch the game live at www.fasthockey.com or listen to free audio at www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey . Puck drop is at 7PM from the South Surrey Arena.

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